SC East Bengal started with a win in 2021 .SC East Bengal finally got a taste of their first win in ISL. Robbie Fowler’s side beat No. 11 Odisha FC 3-1 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Sunday. However, despite winning, the last boys showed how fragile the defense of the red-yellow brigade is. Odisha FC got a total of five guaranteed chances in the two halves. They took 21 shots targeting East Bengal’s goal. He has seven of the three sticks. . East Bengal and Odisha faced in the first match of ISL on Sunday. Coach Robbie Fowler’s boys were aggressive from the start. SC East Bengal went ahead in the 12th minute of the match. Raju Gaikwad in a red-yellow jersey made a long throw from the right edge. His throw landed on Steven Taylor and skyrocketed to Pilkington. The Irish footballer (1-0) led East Bengal with a header from Orissa defender G Bora near his neck.
In three cases, red-and-yellow goalkeeper Devjit Majumdar prevented the team from collapsing. . Odisha got a chance to equalize in 4 minutes. But Devjit stopped them. Maghoma increased the lead for East Bengal in the 39th minute East Bengal finished the first half with a 2-0 lead. In the 61st minute, Jacob’s shot came up in the opponent’s box and came back to the post. So even after the first victory, the British coach will be worried about the defense. The first win of the season will also inspire the Pilkington-Maghomas. Fowler-Brigade finished tenth with six points from eight matches. In addition to scoring goals, he also assisted in the goal of Maghoma. During the third goal of the team, he started attacking from his feet. So, as expected, Pilkington was the best of the match. In the 25th minute, one of his shots hit the post and came back.
Odisha became aggressive in the second half. They continue to create one goal opportunity after another. Jerry, Mauricio then created a fold of thought in the East Bengal defense. Fowler fielded East Bengal’s new striker Bright in the 63rd minute. He scored the goal as soon as he got down on the field wearing red and yellow jersey. His goal in the 6th minute gave East Bengal a 3-0 lead. Although they could not keep the clean sheet till the end. Diego Mauricio scored the only goal for Odisha in the 93rd minute.Odisha FC scored 11 goals in the first seven matches. This time Orissa FC’s defense is not strong at all.This offensive medium has been eyeing since the first match.
Raju Gaikwad has been included in the East Bengal squad to strengthen the defense. Fowler put him in the first XI of today’s match. He also took a big role in stopping the onslaught of Odisha. Fowler also picked up Mukherjee in the 63rd minute and took him down. He looked back at the new 3 footballers in today’s match. The East Bengal coach arranged the team with four defenders. He played Raju and Bikash Zairu in the marginal half. Milon Singh, who has just recovered from injury, was placed as a blocker in the middle. However, this hill footballer failed to fulfill his responsibility. Steinman helped the attack.
The third goal of the team came from his foot in 6 minutes. It is understood today that he is an opportunistic striker. When Bright’s shot was blocked by the Orissa goalkeeper, footballer Surchandra Singh got the ball instead of East Bengal. Bright made it 3-0 from his pass. However, in the 93rd minute of the match, Odisha paid a goal and failed to keep the clean sheet again. Mauricio (3-1) made it to the scoresheet for Odisha.So the gap has been created in the middle of East Bengal. That’s why two stoppers Scott Neville and Danny Fox fell under pressure. Diego Mauricio and Manuel Onu of Orissa disgraced the East Bengal defense. In the 39th minute, Pilkington’s extended ball was caught by Maghoma (2-0) from a difficult angle. In the 63rd minute of the match, East Bengal’s new striker Bright Enobakhar came on the field instead of Maghoma.
SC East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler celebrates his first win in the eighth match of the ISL. “We should have won a long time ago,” he said. Football is a very simple game. The real thing is to score a goal by entering the opponent’s box while playing a pass among themselves. We were doing everything. I could not score a goal. Which has plagued us in the first four matches. We scored in the last three matches but could not hold on. I also scored a goal at the last minute on Sunday. It would have been better if the goal had not been digested. But I’m proud to see the boys passing football. With a two-goal lead, I saw a lot of footballers. ‘Substitute footballer Bright was on the field for 23 minutes. Fowler is overwhelmed with Bright. He said, “Looking at the team’s game that day, it seems that we are moving in the right direction. The team will play better in the return leg, “said Bright.” Confidence grows when you score in the first match for either team.”
In the remaining two matches of the first round of the league, East Bengal will have to face strong FC Goa (January 8) and Bangalore FC (January 9). East Bengal is at number 10 with 6 points in 6 matches. However, the supporters are hoping to turn around from here. Red-yellow has got the taste of victory. The red-yellow fans are looking at whether they can maintain this trend in the next match as well.